I have lived in Ketchikan for 25 years; I married here, raised a family here. During the past nine years I have worked for the Alaska Marine Highway System and have watched, with dismay, the erosion of the vital services and jobs this system has provided Alaskans since 1963.
Fran Ulmer, in her 20 years of elected state service, has been an advocate for the Alaska State Ferries, as is evident in the legislative bill she introduced that helped fund the M/V Kennicott. As governor, she will continue to fight for a healthy state ferry system that is essential to a healthy state economy.
Fran Ulmer also understands the concerns of working Alaska families and believes all workers deserve good jobs with good wages and benefits. To this end, she will, as she pledged to the Inland Boatmen's Union Executive Board, appoint an administration respectful of the collective bargaining process. Fran Ulmer is also a proponent of Alaska hire and education and training programs that will ensure economic development benefits all Alaskans.
Alaskans would be ahead to put Fran Ulmer, with all her experience, in the governor's seat in Alaska, and keep her opponent, with all his experience, in the senator's seat in Washington, D.C.